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I live in Fayette county WV and just sold my home of 14 years. 2 days after closing the buyers discovered a termite infestation as a base board was cracked. There was a professional pest inspection for termites done prior to closing and they found no pests. The buyers waived a home inspection so it was not done. My question is am I liable??

Lawyer's Assistant: Because real estate law varies from place to place, can you tell me what state this is in?

West Virginia

Lawyer's Assistant: Has any paperwork been filed?

Not that I know of, we are communicating through our realtors right now

Lawyer's Assistant: Anything else you want the lawyer to know before I connect you?

The room had 2 chairs in it, which were there during the viewing of the home on at least 2 occasions, they say the chair covered up the base board which was my attempt to cover the area.

Submitted: 11 months ago.Category: Real Estate Law
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I'm sorry to hear about your situation. I don't see how you would be, if you didn't know about the termites, or represent that there were no termites there. No law in West Virginia required the seller to give you a formal disclosure, and no law gives you a specific cause of action against a seller for “omitting” to disclose a defect. Any liability would be based on if you intentionally misled the buyers (which would be "fraud") or otherwise represented that you would be selling a termite free property or property free of any defects, etc... (in which this would be a breach of contract). Otherwise, it would be something that the buyers would be stuck with. Now maybe they have a case against the pest inspectors, but as they waived everything else, I can't imagine a judge saying that you were in the wrong and they in the right when they could have inspected, received disclosure, etc... about that.

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